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The day when we bade good-bye to our nurses, we also bade good-bye to childish things, and were handed over to tutors and governesses to be moulded into the most approved patterns of deportment. We were supposed never to question anything, but merely to become clever automata …
It was always the same; we were not educated, for ourselves, but merely to live in the eyes of the world; our young lives were sacrificed to position, and we were not supposed to possess any individuality or display any emotion.

—Archduchess Louise of Austria, ‘My Own Story.’
[image: Louise of Austria dressed as Marie Antoinette, via Internet Archive Book Images]

The day when we bade good-bye to our nurses, we also bade good-bye to childish things, and were handed over to tutors and governesses to be moulded into the most approved patterns of deportment. We were supposed never to question anything, but merely to become clever automata …

It was always the same; we were not educated, for ourselves, but merely to live in the eyes of the world; our young lives were sacrificed to position, and we were not supposed to possess any individuality or display any emotion.

—Archduchess Louise of Austria, ‘My Own Story.’

[image: Louise of Austria dressed as Marie Antoinette, via Internet Archive Book Images]

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Marie Adelaide of Savoy and Louis de France, the Duke and Duchess of Burgundy. They were the parents of Louis XV of France, but both died of measles while he was only two years old, leaving the young Louis as the only heir to his grandfather, Louis XIV.

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[The duchesse de Polignac] was really fond of a tranquil life; the impression she made at Court affected her but little; she felt only the attachment manifested for her by the Queen. I had occasion to see her from the commencement of her favour at Court; she often passed whole hours with me, while waiting for the Queen. She conversed with me freely and ingenuously about the honour, and at the same time the danger, she saw in the kindness of which she was the object.
The Queen sought for the sweets of friendship; but can this gratification, so rare in any rank, exist between a Queen and a subject, when they are surrounded, moreover, by snares laid by the artifice of courtiers? This pardonable error was fatal to the happiness of Marie Antoinette.

—the memoirs of Madame Campan
[image source: Social History of Art]

[The duchesse de Polignac] was really fond of a tranquil life; the impression she made at Court affected her but little; she felt only the attachment manifested for her by the Queen. I had occasion to see her from the commencement of her favour at Court; she often passed whole hours with me, while waiting for the Queen. She conversed with me freely and ingenuously about the honour, and at the same time the danger, she saw in the kindness of which she was the object.

The Queen sought for the sweets of friendship; but can this gratification, so rare in any rank, exist between a Queen and a subject, when they are surrounded, moreover, by snares laid by the artifice of courtiers? This pardonable error was fatal to the happiness of Marie Antoinette.

—the memoirs of Madame Campan

[image source: Social History of Art]

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